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Hastings college

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by REDDSIXX, Jul 13, 2015.


    REDDSIXX 28DL Member
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    Aug 27, 2014
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    Hello all, i'm new to the forum and to the East Sussex area. Just wondering if anyone knows the current state of the old Hastings colledge?? went to take alook about 6 months ago but never got acess, is it still worth checking out or has work started on the site?
    Also if anyone knows of any places worth exploring in the Sussex area??
    bit out of touch and not explored for a while, any help would be much appreciated ;)

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  2. mffp

    mffp I'm trying
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    Jan 7, 2011
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    The college is nothing but a big pile of rubble now.
    There's quite a few places around sussex, a lot that have been covered on here, too, use the search box and get out there and see what you can find.
  3. Scram

    Scram 28DL Full Member
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    Nov 27, 2010
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    Yep several big piles of rubble to be fair - I was there today. The only thing still standing is a CCTV pole at the top of the hill with a CCTV camera someone has tried to nick (and failed) and a floodlight thats collapsed:


    There's the odd brick wall around the perimeter and a few wooden posts in the ground but thats it.

    The old business studies building behind the art block is still standing (as is the art block) however they are now removing asbestos from the place so not something you really want to be mixing with. There were people there on site working inside it today too so you also don't want to be caught in there and then accused of nicking tools etc.

    I was absolutely gutted to find out the rest of the place had been demolished, weirdly being there in person today to see that it had gone weirdly nullified the feelings of sadness somehow. It was still sad to see that it had gone but it didn't upset me like the online photos of them pulling it down did. I'd had a fascination with the college tower ever since I was a little kid - my mum used to like arts courses but when I used to go there with her for enroillment or to pick her up with her fella, the tower was always a real fascination to me.

    Apparently they only built the new site and closed this one down because they'd run out of expansion space. I personally don't see how. The original tower block was 3 floors - ground, 1st and 2nd. In the 70s or 80s they added the 3rd floor (which was slightly smaller) and then not long after they added floor 4 and 5 - which were the same physical size as floors 1 & 2 - which made the tower look like it had been squeezed in the middle. I still don't see why they couldn't build another floor on top of that OR build more floors on top of the old workshops out the back (which were in the bottom of the old quarry with no immediate neighbours to moan about blocking light etc).

    Heck.. they built a new campus.. with several satellite campus's.. why not just keep the archery road site open at the same time? - or build one less satellite campus. That way they would have had almost unlimited expansion space. The tower was looking scruffy but bigger buildings than that have been revamped in the past. The campus site itself was rather nice too - some small garden areas and benches gave the site some variety and there were multiple extensions that had been bolted on over the years. The new campus's will run into trouble when they need to expand as it will ruin the way they look. Apparently they have empty spaces in there at the moment to accomodate expansion but that won't last forever..

    1960s of the original tower:

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